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Google and Oracle Head to the Supreme Court

Illustration for article titled The Future of Software Is at Stake in Google’s Latest Trip to the Supreme Court

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The Supreme Court will finally hear arguments in a case that could rewrite the rules of software development as we know it. On Wednesday, Google will defend its use of Java code in the development of the Android operating system. Oracle claims that code is protected intellectual property, and if the court agrees, there are a lot of developers who should be nervous.

It’s been a decade since Oracle first sued Google, and it’s been nearly two years since the Supreme Court agreed to review the case. In that time, the Android OS has taken over about 75 percent of the mobile market—becoming one of the most successful pieces of software in history. But like all software, Android is a product of ingenuity and building on the work of others.

During its initial development, Google wanted Android to understand commands that were

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Top programming languages: C reigns supreme but third-ranked Python gains on Java

TIOBE releases its monthly programming languages index to detail fluctuations across the landscape. Its latest index identifies granular changes as well as long-term trends.

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Software quality assurance company, TIOBE, releases its top programming languages index each month to detail shifts in the ever-evolving landscape. TIOBE recently announced its latest updated index for October. TIOBE uses a series of metrics including searches on Amazon, YouTube, Wikipedia, Bing, Google Yahoo, and Baidu to determine the rankings. Overall, the top 10 saw no positional shifts since the September report, although there are granular data fluctuations and long-term changes to note.

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Top programming languages: TIOBE October index

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In the latest index, C remains in the top spot with a rating of 16.95% representing a positive 0.77% change over October 2019. C continued its reign at the top from last month when

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Need a computer? 5 reasons why you need iMac 27-inch for WFH and 2 reasons why you don’t



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In a sea of laptops and smartphones, there are times when you do need a desktop computer. This is a need that is particularly felt nowadays as we all work from home. And when it comes to computers, the recently updated iMac 27-inch is a fabulous option. It is the kind of machine that goes beyond its purpose. It adds something extra to the user experience. Like the way Google Pixel phones do. Or like how some iPhones do. Or like home some of the smart speakers function. These are the products that are more than the sum of their parts, and the Apple iMac 27-inch is in the same league.

But why? Well, reasons. If you are looking to get a high-end desktop computer for regular use at home, the iMac 27-inch should be in your shortlist. That is if you don’t mind paying its high price, which if

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America’s internet wasn’t prepared for online school

It’s not uncommon for households in Tahlequah, Oklahoma, to lose internet for a full day. The last time it happened, back in the spring, Christina Rothermel-Branham connected herself (a professor at Northeastern State University, teaching online) and her son (a kindergartener at Heritage Elementary, learning online) to the hotspot on her phone. Luckily, nobody had a Zoom call scheduled that day; worksheets and YouTube videos proceeded as planned.

Rothermel-Branham’s son is now in first grade. He has multiple Zoom sessions per day and takes online classes through Outschool. She doesn’t know what they’ll do the next time their house loses service. She hopes her phone’s hotspot will be able to handle both of their video calls at once — but she’s worried that it won’t.

Rothermel-Branham’s son is one of the millions of students around the US who are currently taking some (or all) of their classes remotely. That’s been

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